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Centerpoint Energy Preferreds: Recovery Bet with a High Yield Kicker

By Roger S. Conrad on Jun. 9, 2020

This spring Centerpoint Energy (NYSE: CNP) cut its quarterly dividend in half. That followed a $155 million reduction in distributions from Enable Midstream Partners (NYSE: ENBL), of which the company owns 50 percent of the general partner and 53.7 percent of common units.

Sempra Energy: Multiple Reliable Growth Drivers

By Roger S. Conrad on Jun. 9, 2020

Conservative Holding Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) has traded as high as $162 and as low as $88 this year. That volatility contrasts sharply with the steady business performance of the diversified utility and midstream energy company, including the robust 8 percent dividend boost this spring.

Rising Markets and Higher Risks

By Roger S. Conrad on Jun. 9, 2020

Stocks’ recovery since late March looks a lot more like a “V” than it did a month ago. And after breaking through resistance this month, the S&P 500 is now just 6.3 percent from making a new all-time high.

Utility stocks have also perked up lately. As a group, they’ve lagged since mid-April. Nonetheless, we’ve seen some spectacular recoveries among Portfolio holdings.

Three Cuts, One More Likely This Month

By Roger S. Conrad on Jun. 9, 2020

May set records for S&P 500 dividend cuts, with 18 companies suspending and 5 others reducing. They were joined by 3 non-US essential services providers from our Utility Report Card coverage universe.

AusNet Services (ASX: AST, OTC: SAUNF) raised its semi-annual dividend for payment in June by 4.9 percent. But the Australian electricity distribution utility also issued guidance for a payout cut of -7 to -12 percent for the next 12 months.

High Yield Hunting on Deadly Ground

By Roger S. Conrad on Jun. 9, 2020

Last August, I harvested a basket of high yielding stocks from what I called “stony ground.” My point was falling interest rates had become a double-edged sword for income investors. On the one hand, returns for dividend paying stocks and fixed income securities were rising. And companies’ generation-low borrowing costs were firing up earnings as well.

NTT: 5G Fires Up Growth

By Roger S. Conrad on May. 11, 2020

Communications traffic is surging while the global economy shrinks. By and large, sector companies didn’t convert that to higher profits or even revenues in Q1. But the emerging trend is faster adoption of 5G, with a resulting earnings liftoff for industry leaders the next few years.

Dominion Energy: Rate Basing Renewables for Growth

By Roger S. Conrad on May. 11, 2020

The customer is always right regardless of what business you’re in. And for regulated energy utilities like Dominion Energy (NYSE: D) now, that means using more wind and solar to generate electricity.

Portfolio Strategy: Informing Strategy with Results

By Roger S. Conrad on May. 11, 2020

Most CUI Portfolio stocks have run in place since the April issue. But the past month has been far from uneventful, with 34 of 38 recommended companies reporting their first results and guidance updates since COVID-19 fallout hit the scene.

Five Dividend Cuts and More Warnings

By Roger S. Conrad on May. 11, 2020

Five Endangered Dividends List companies cut dividends last month. For Covanta Holding (NYSE: CVA), NuStar Energy (NYSE: NS) and Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS/A), the decision was all about COVID-19 fallout.

Time for Some Offense: Utility Growth in the Time of COVID-19

By Roger S. Conrad on May. 11, 2020

The Dow Jones Utility Average is nearly 30 percent higher than where it closed March 23. But since mid-April, utilities and essential services stocks have essentially run in place. In fact, most have given back a fair portion of their recovery, as increasingly excited investors have gravitated to traditional “growth” sectors.

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